Thanks to his classic 1982 hit, the names Jack and Diane are forever tied to John Mellencamp, but a new film hopes to introduce the world to a new duo by the same name.

Jack & Diane, currently available on demand and opening in theaters November 2, doesn’t feature the same small-town characters from Mellencamp’s single, and frankly, have nothing to do with the song – something Mellencamp wants fans to know. Late last night, he released a press statement regarding the film.

He writes: “You don’t hear my song in the film and I played no part in suggesting or offering this title. It’s most apparent that the lead characters were named with the hope that the familiar title might resonate in some people’s minds. I guess that’s OK to do, strictly from a legal perspective, but riding on someone else’s coattails and having a moral compass is left up to each individual.”

The film’s characters are markedly different from the ones in the song. Far from two kids growing up in the heartland, this story takes place in New York City, and in this tale, both “Jack” and “Diane” are teenage girls who have a lesbian relationship. But there’s more. According to a plot synopsis on the Internet Movie Database, “Diane must struggle to keep their love alive while hiding the secret that her newly awakened sexual desire is giving her werewolf-like visions.” 

Brian Ives & Jillian Mapes, CBS Local


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